Geneva Sights and Landmarks Guide, Switzerland
Geneva: Beauty in Nature
Known as a “Global City” for being the settlement of many international organizations, Geneva is also an enticing and beautiful tourist destination. The city dates back to 3000 B.C. and is the second most populated city in Switzerland. This city is the second highest in rank when it comes to quality of living, next only to Zurich. Even with its being seemingly political, Geneva stands as one of the most charming and picturesque destinations in the world. This article takes a look at some of the city’s finest attractions.
Geneva is home to many structures and areas that have been in existence for centuries. One of these is the St. Peter’s Cathedral, the oldest and most impressive architectural structure in the city. It took more than four hundred years to complete. The structure even suffered several restorations and fires throughout the years.
It towers over another one of Geneva’s great attractions, Old Town. Tourists can explore the cobblestone streets and alleys and enjoy the cafes, boutiques, and historical landmarks about at every corner. The Borg de Four is the oldest public square in Geneva and remains a major hub of activity to this day.
Castles are also a must-see. Of the 86 castles in Switzerland, ten of these are in Geneva. The Chillon Castle, which was built in the early 19th century, can be found near the eastern shore of Lake Geneva.
A trip to Geneva wouldn’t be complete unless a visit to the European Headquarters is made. The stunning building is accessible only by joining one of their guided tours.
Lakes, Gardens, and Parks
With more than twenty parks in the city center, Geneva is one of the greenest cities in Europe. Visitors looking for a place of rest and relaxation will appreciate the many parks that can be found here.
Tourists who are fond of the water will enjoy the endless appointments for recreation and relaxation in Geneva’s world-famous lake, Lake Geneva. Here, the Jet d’ eau, one of the largest fountains in the world, spouts water 140 meters in the air and is the tallest in the world. Taking relaxation a step further, the Bains de Paquis offers saunas and unique bathing areas and continues to constantly attract tourists and locals alike. The Flower Clock, which can be found on the lake’s eastern bank, serves as a tribute to Swiss ingenuity and Geneva’s role in the watch industry.
In the middle of Geneva’s Le Rhone River is the romantic Rousseau Island. This was named after the famous Genevan philosopher, Jean Jacques Rousseau. Visitors can enjoy the bird sanctuary and dine in a restaurant that offers stunning views of the Genevan city landscape.
Chambesy, a botanical garden founded in 1902, is another one of Geneva’s nature spots. The trees in its arboretum are over 300 years old. There is a thriving rose garden that can be enjoyed not only by those with a green thumb. La Perl Du Lac is a series of well-maintained parks and is a tranquil area for tourists, providing scenic views and tours.
Sitting comfortably in Geneva’s backyard, just five kilometers from the city center, is Mount Saleve. A quick cable-car ride offers day-trippers their own slice of heaven with spectacular views from the peak which is 1,380 meters high.
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